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A Bronx, New York, man died in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 81 in Silver Spring Township Friday morning.

State Police say Zivko Lakic, 24, had stopped his tractor-trailer along the side of the highway near mile marker 56 on I-81 northbound. He was outside of the truck near the driver’s side door when a tractor-trailer driven by Alan Kegal, 56, of Leander, Texas, hit the driver’s side of Lakic’s trailer at 6:09 a.m., police said.

Kegal’s truck sideswiped Lakic’s truck, striking the driver’s side mirror and hitting Lakic, police said. Lakic was thrown into the grass along the berm of the road.

Kegal continued north, but was located and arrested at the Flying J truck stop off the Manada Hill exit near Harrisburg after state police discovered a tractor there with front-end damage.

Kegal told police he was fatigued and “may have fallen asleep,” according to ABC27 News.

ABC27 News also reported that Kegel admitted to investigators that he side-swiped the other truck as it was parked on the right shoulder of I-81 in Silver Spring Township. He said he knew there was damage to his truck tractor because debris flew into the cab after the collision broke his passenger side window and mirror, charging documents state.

Kegel told police he pulled over farther up the interstate to inspect his truck, but then continued to a truck stop to sleep and report the incident to his company because he believed it “was not a big deal.”

He denied knowing he struck a person, police said.

The Cumberland County Coroner’s office was called to the scene of the crash, which closed the northbound lane of the interstate near exit 57, the Mechanicsburg and Route 114 exit, for three hours.

According to state police, Kegal has been charged with accidents involving death or personal injury, driving on roadways laned for traffic, careless driving, reckless driving, duty to give information and render aid, and immediate notice of accident to police department.

The investigation into the crash is continuing.

abc27 News contributed to this story

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